Szymon Bywalec
chamber groups

graduated with honours in orchestra and opera conducting from the class of Jan Wincenty Hawel at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In 2006–13, he was artistic director of the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, where he worked with renowned conductors such as Gabriel Chmura, Takuo Yuasa, Arturo Tamayo, Jacek Kaspszyk, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Paul McCreesh. He is also a graduate of the Academy of Music in Cracow, where he studied the oboe with Jerzy Kotyczka.

He perfected his technique in the masterclasses of Gianluigi Gelmetti (2001) and Lothar Zagrosek (2002) on a scholarship to Siena’s Accademia Musicale Chigiana. He also participated in conducting masterclasses taught notably by Gabriel Chmura, Kurt Masur, Zoltán Peskó, and Pierre Boulez. He won the 1st Prize at the 2nd National Review of Young Conductors in Białystok (1998) and two special prizes in the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice (1999). He has held several scholarships from the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2014 he received the Honorary Award of the Polish Composers’ Union for his contributions to the promotion of Polish contemporary music.

Bywalec is the artistic director and permanent conductor of the OMN New Music Orchestra, which he has directed at various contemporary music festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Wrocław’s Musica Polonica Nova and Musica Electronica Nova, Bratislava’s Melos–Ethos, Lviv’s Velvet Curtain 2, Paweł Szymański Festival in Warsaw, Beijing Modern, Vienna’s Bridges, Hindsgavl Festival in Denmark, and Klang Copenhagen Avant-Garde Music Festival. He also regularly conducts the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice. He has led more than a hundred world and Polish premieres, recorded extensively for Polish Radio (with OMN), and conducted OMN on its first album, nominated for the 2003 Fryderyk Award of the Polish Phonographic Academy. For his CD dedicated to the music of Weronika Ratusińska (with OMN, under the DUX label), he received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award in 2009. His recording of Paweł Szymański’s Three Songs to Words by Trakl received a commendation at the International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (2007), while Magdalena Długosz’s Gemisatos (with Sinfonia Varsovia) and Ewa Trębacz’s things lost things invisible performed under his baton received the same accolades in 2009. In 2013 his CD of cello concertos by Scandinavian composers (Nørgård, Nordheim, and Saariaho, with cellist Jakob Kullberg) won the Danish Radio’s Lyt til Nyt Pris for 2012. The year 2016 saw the release of Decca’s CD recorded with OMN and clarinettist Michelle Marelli.

In 2013–16 Szymon Bywalec was the artistic director of the Musica Polonica Nova festival. He has conducted many philharmonic, radio, and chamber orchestras in Poland and internationally.

Joanna Freszel

Soprano, three-time scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture, Pro Polonia programme, ISA2012, awarded with the Magna cum Laude medal, Młoda Polska [Young Poland] scholarship, Les Orphées d’Or – Prix de la SACD of L’Académie du Disque Lyrique. Nominated in two categories for the Fryderyk 2016 award for her debut album real life song; a Polityka Passport Award winner.


She received a Coryphaeus award for her participation in A. Nowak’s Drach to the libretto by Sz. Twardoch and won a Fryderyk award for the recording of the opera ahat-ilī – Sister of Gods by A. Nowak to the words by O. Tokarczuk.

Awarded in such competition as the Halska Competition, the Szymanowski Competition, the Reszke Competition, Gabor Belvedere, J:opera Voice Competition ISA’12. Finalist of the Viotti Competition.

She has recorded music for films and radio plays. The artist has taken part in the most important festivals in Poland and abroad. She works with the Estonian National Opera, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw and the Grand Theatre in Poznań.

She has performed as Musetta in La Bohème by Puccini, Vénus and a Phrygian woman in Dardanus by Rameau, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte by Mozart, Marguerite in Faust by Gounod, Machine in Nici [Threads] by Wołek, Susanna in Figaro Gets a Divorce by Langer, Psyche in Eros and Psyche by Różycki, Inanna in ahat-ilī by Nowak, Ellenai in Anhelli by Przybylski, Rosina in The Barber of Seville by Rossini or Hanna in The Haunted Manor by Moniuszko.

In 2020, she released her second album Śpiewnik polski [A Polish Songbook] (Orphée Classics), and at the end of 2021 – the album Akwarelle [Aquarelles], which is the first recording of complete songs by Grażyna Bacewicz (DUX).

She is a Master of Science in Environmental Protection of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. In 2019, she received the title of Doctor of Musical Arts with honours.

Magdalena Kordylasińska-Pękala

Magdalena Kordylasińska-Pękala is a marimba and percussion player specializing in the performance of chamber and solo music of the 20th        and 21st centuries. Winner of the Polityka Passport and other prestigious awards and scholarships, she collaborates with Miłosz Pękala, with whom she forms the percussion duo PękalaIKordylasińskaIPękala, as well              as the Chain Ensemble of new music led by the outstanding cellist Andrzej Bauer. She cooperate also with Hashtag Ensemble.

Magdalena also co-creates the Kwadrofonik quartet (two pianos, two percussions), with which she gives concerts all over the world (Poland, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Israel, Japan), performing pieces of the 20th        and 21st centuries, and the quartet’s own compositions – arrangements          of Polish melodies and folk songs – Folklove, Folk Requiem, Baczyński. Astronomia poety. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has participated    in many festivals and concerts in the country and abroad, incl. Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Donaueschingenmusiktage, Klang Festival Kopenhagen, Hearing Warsaw, Music Design Form Szczecin.


The marimbist also conducts teaching activities. For many years she has been a teacher at ZPSM No. 4 im. Karol Szymanowski in Warsaw and since 2018 she works also as an assistant professor in the percussion class of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. As a teacher and concert musician, she is invited to present percussion courses and workshops for students and teachers.

Magdalena comes from Szczecin. She started learning to play percussion at the age of 18 in the percussion class of Dariusz Jagiełło.          In 2006, she graduated with honors from the Academy of Music. F. Chopin    in Warsaw and polished her artistic workshop also during her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, in the percussion class of    prof. Gert Mortensen. She get her PhD degree in 2020 at Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

She is working with composer to enrich the repertoire of percussion music and  dedicated to her duo pieces, such as Passacaglia by Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska or Returning Sounds by Miłosz Bembinow became well known percussion duo compositions.

Magdalena colaborate also with great musicians as Katarzyna Myćka, Asuna Arashi, Felix Kubin, Percussion Claviers de Lyon and orchestras National Philharmony Warsaw, Sinfonia Varsovia.

Adam Kośmieja

Adam Kośmieja – performs internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and multimedia artist in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Graduate of the Manhattan School of Music (2011) as a student of Solomon Mikowsky, awarded the Harold and Helen Schonberg Pianist Scholarship (2007-2011), established in memory of the long-time leading music critic of The New York Times.

He has performed at a number of great venues throughout the world including New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, CCOM Concert Hall in Beijing, Shenzhen Concert Hall, National Forum of Music in Wroclaw and the Warsaw National Philharmonic Hall.

His studies were with Ludmila Kasyanenko, Jerzy Sulikowski, Solomon Mikowsky and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń. He participated in piano master classes under Paul Badura-Skoda, Gary Graffman, Ivan Moravec, Andrei Gavrilov, Boris Berman, Mikhail Voskresensky, Dina Yoffe and had supplementary sessions with Arie Vardi, Dmitri Bashkirov, Ewa Pobłocka.

Kośmieja has been a part of and performed at many international piano festivals including: The International Festival of Contemporary Music “Warsaw Autumn”, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Shenzhen International Music Festival “Belt & Road”, Festivalul Internațional Craiova Muzicală in Romania, Musica Electronica Nova in Wroclaw, International Contemporary Music and Visual Arts Festival “Mózg” and International Piano Festivals in Spain to name a few. He has also toured as a soloist, performing in several countries such as Japan, China, Mongolia, France, Czech Republic, Italy and many more.

In 2016 he released his debut solo album on the DUX label titled “Serocki – Complete Works for Solo Piano”, which has gone on to receive critical acclaim around the world. In 2017 he appeared on Stefan Weglowski’s album Contemporary Jewish Music (KAIROS).

Adam Kośmieja holds a DMA degree in Music Performance from The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland where he is currently teaching.

In 2019 Adam recorded for PWM Polish Publishers: Elzbieta Sikora’s Piano Concerto (2000) with Sinfonia Varsovia under Bassem Akiki and Tadeusz Wielecki’s Numerous Branches of Ramified Plaits (1988) for clarinet, piano and cello with Andrzej Bauer and Julian Paprocki. These recordings are a part of “100 For 100” box set – an exclusive set documenting the last 100 years of Polish music. The box set received two “Fryderyk” music awards in 2020 in two categories: Album of the year symphonic music and the most outstanding recording of polish music.

Anna Kwiatkowska

Anna Kwiatkowska (1978) graduated from the Academy of Music in Cracow. She has participated in numerous masterclasses as well as the Impuls courses in Graz and the Summer Courses of New Music in Darmstadt. In 1998-2008, as the leader of the Violarium string trio, she gave many concerts in Poland and abroad (Germany, Italy, Austria, Lithuania, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Mexico). Anna Kwiatkowska performs as a soloist performing both outstanding pieces of contemporary violin repertoire (including Berio, Boulez, Carter, Haas, Kurtág, Nono, Saariaho, Sørensen), as well as pieces written especially for her by leading Polish composers (including Wojciech Blecharz, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych, Jagoda Szmytka, Sławomir Wojciechowski, Sławomir Kupczak, Artur Kroschel, Rafał Zapała, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Dominik Karski). She has performed, inter alia, at the Days of New Italian Music and Days of New Danish Music in Krakow, Summer Music Festival in Copenhagen, Bendigo Intenational Festival of Exploratory Music in Australia, International Chamber Music Festival in Beijing, Audio Art Festival in Cracow, Musica Polonica Nova festival in Wrocław, Poznań Music Spring, the  “Łańcuch” (“Chain”) Festival in Warsaw and at the Warsaw Autumn Festival. She collaborated with the MusikFabrik  ensemble in Cologne, performing at important events and in prestigious venues, such as the Musikfest in Berlin or Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum. Anna Kwiatkowska is a co-organizer of educational contemporary music workshops for young people as part of the “Harmonies and Noises” series and the “Dźwiękowisko” (“Sound Playground”) educational series in cooperation with the Institute of Music and Dance. Her album “Eidos”, recorded together with the pianist Joanna Opalińska, was nominated for the Fryderyk 2017 Award in the chamber music category. Kwiatkowska is a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Performs with the Warsaw-based Chain Ensemble. She also performs contemporary music in the flow unit group formed with the cellist Mikołaj Pałosz and the pianist Adam Kośmieja, and in a duet with Mikołaj Pałosz.

Ewa Liebchen

Ewa Liebchen is one of the leading exponents of the contemporary flute in Poland, having performed a wide range of repertoire, including music at the cutting edge of modern flute technique. Focused on chamber music, she has appeared with many groups and ensembles specialising in new music, utilising flutes ranging from piccolo to bass. Both as a soloist and member of a duo called Flute o’clock, she has performed and promoted music by numerous Polish composers, with many of those works being commissioned and written for the duo. These activities have been supported by the Culture Ministry through grants that enabled her and the duo to undertake the projects through collaborating with composers.

The first album recorded by Flute o’clock, Now, received a distinction by the „Hi-Fi i Muzyka” monthly in the Record of the Year 2010 category, and was nominated for the 2011 Fryderyk Award in the Phonographic Debut of the Year category. Recently, two more CDs with music by Polish composers Sławomir Kupczak and Dominik Karski and her debut solo album Electric Sheep have been released, to great critical acclaim.

As a guest lecturer and educator in music schools and academies in Poland (e. g. Music Academy in Łódź, Music Academy in Gdańsk, Music Academy in Bydgoszcz), she has given masterclasses, lectures, and presentations on extended flute techniques and contemporary performance practice, for both flutists and composers. As an artist-in-residence and performer she has been invited to the International Summer Course for Composers Synthetis in Radziejowice (2015, 2017) and to the Electroacoustic Music Performance Season that was held at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chendgu (2017).

Ewa Liebchen is a graduate of Accademia Italiana del Flauto in Rome, Italy (2002), and Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2005), having studied with Raymond Guiot, Riccardo Ghiani and Jadwiga Kotnowska. She has won prizes in several national and international competitions, where she performed both as a soloist and chamber musician. She has also been awarded various grants and scholarships, such as the Culture Ministry, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Top Wind and Lion’s Club.

Mikołaj Pałosz

Mikołaj Pałosz (born 1976) is a freelance cellist specializing in contemporary and avant-garde music performance. He obtained a PhD in Music Performance at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Prizewinner at international music competitions including the Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition in Cracow and Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.

He appears at the Warsaw Autumn, Wrocław Musica Polonica Nova, Katowice Polish Music Premieres, Poznań Music Spring, as well as Audio Art and Ad Libitum music festivals. Mikołaj is a member of the Warsaw Cellonet Group and Chain Ensemble. As a member of Netherlands-based Cello Octet Amsterdam (formerly Conjunto Ibérico) he has toured throughout Europe, USA and South America.

His solo contemporary music recital CD Cellovator was released in 2008. In 2021 together with violinist Anna Kwiatkowska he recorded CD „Aure” (Requiem Records). Mikołaj has composed works for solo cello Pretudes (2012) and created audiovisual compositions Dłubak Soundsystem (2012) and AVC (2016) sponsored by the city of Warsaw and Polish Minister of Culture. Together with violinist Anna Kwiatkowska, Mikołaj forms a duo, and along with pianist Adam Kośmieja the flow unit trio, presenting contemporary and latest repertoire. Mikołaj Pałosz is collaborating with leading Polish composers in creation of new works and has premiered many pieces often dedicated to him.

Mikołaj Pałosz is a board member of the Witold Lutosławski Society and President of the Foundation for the Promotion of Young Cellist, organiser of the Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw.

Julian Paprocki

Klarnecista, solista Polskiej Opery Królewskiej w Warszawie oraz członek „Chain Ensemble” prowadzonego przez Andrzeja Bauera. Naukę gry na klarnecie rozpoczynał pod kierunkiem Krzysztofa Zbijowskiego w Warszawie, ukończyłAkademię Muzyczną im. Karola Szymanowskiego w Katowicach w klasie klarnetu Arkadiusza Adamskiego. Odbył także studia w Pôle Supérieur d’Enseignement Artistique w Paryżu w klasach: klarnetu Florenta Héau, klarnetu basowego Jean-Marca Volty oraz kameralistyki Philippe’a Ferro. Studiował ponadto muzykologię (Université Paris-Sorbonne) oraz filozofię (Uniwersytet Warszawski). Obecnie jest doktorantem Akademii Muzycznej im. G. i K. Bacewiczów w Łodzi poświęcając się w swojej pracy naukowej związkom muzyki z filozofią i estetyką późnej nowoczesności.

Współpracował z takimi orkiestrami jak: Sinfonia Varsovia, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Polska Filharmonia Kameralna czy Orkiestra Miasta Tychy „Aukso”; a na polu muzyki najnowszej z zespołami: Ensemble l’Itinéraire, Veni Ensemble oraz Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej. Bierze udział w licznych festiwalach, wśród których warto wymienić: „Warszawska Jesień”, „Chopin i jego Europa” w Warszawie, „Sacrum Profanum” w Krakowie i „Bridges”, podczas którego debiutował na scenie wiedeńskiego Konzerthaus.

Jest 37-krotnym laureatem konkursów międzynarodowych i ogólnopolskich: klarnetowych, organowych, kompozytorskich i kameralnych. Wśród najważniejszych uważa Nagrodę Główną i Nagrodę Specjalną na XI Konkursie Muzyki Współczesnej organizowanym przez Polskie Towarzystwo Muzyki Współczesnej (Radziejowice – 2016), Grand Prix podczas VII Zachodniopomorskiego Festiwalu Klarnetowego (Szczecin – 2016) oraz 1 miejsce i Nagrodę Specjalną podczas Konkursu Międzynarodowego „ClariSax” (Valenciennes, Francja – 2013). Stypendysta Narodowego Centrum Kultury w programie „Młoda Polska” (2017) oraz Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego (2012). Występował w większości filharmonii polskich jak również poza granicami kraju: w Austrii, Czechach, Francji, Litwie, Łotwie, Niemczech, Portugalii, Rosji, Słowacji, Ukrainie, Węgrzech i we Włoszech.

Swoje kompozycje i transkrypcje wydaje we Francji (Gérard Billaudot Éditeur, Klarthe Édition) oraz w kraju (Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne). W 2018 roku wziął udział w projekcie PWM „Sto na sto. Muzyczne dekady wolności” z okazji obchodów rocznicy odzyskania przez Polskę niepodległości, nagrywając utwory kameralne Konstantego Regamey’a oraz Tadeusza Wieleckiego. Album ten został nagrodzony Nagrodą Akademii Fonograficznej „Fryderyk” w kategoriach „Najwybitniejsze nagranie muzyki polskiej” oraz „Album roku.”

Mateusz Ryczek

Composer, born in 1986. In 2008 graduated with honors Bachelor’s Degree in composition under the tuition of Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil at the Music Academy in Wrocław. Then he continued to study at the same university under the direction of Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Cezary Duchnowski (computer composition) and Zbigniew Karnecki (music theater and film) and he received final Master’s Degree with honors in 2011. In 2019, he took the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (doctoral dissertation entitled “Emergency of Frequential Algorithms Based on the Cello Concerto
PHANTOMS”) He has won many competitions for composers (among other things: Crescendo in Tarnow – first prize, 2004; double bass’ composers’ competition in Word Bass Festival – first prize, 2008; Fides et Ratio – third prize, 2009; II Mieczysław Karłowicz Composers’
Competition – honor prize and prize of the orchestra, 2022), and as a result he was rewarded with a grant of the culture minister and the Marshal of Dolnoslaskie county.
Compositions of Mateusz Ryczek have frequently been performed in Poland and another countries (Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Belarus, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Cuba, USA) including at
festivals such as Warsaw Autumn (concerts Youth Circle PCU), Musica Polonica Nova, Musica Electronica Nova, Dialogs in Mińsk (Belarus) and Hallo Wrocław 2016! (Germany – Poland). He has participated in such projects as Missa Solemnis, Sound Factory, Flexible Orchestra (as the only non-USA person) and international project ”Music Masters
on Air”and his music piece Sub-Deep of the Night was performed during 6 European festivals (in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Turkey and Poland).
Ryczek also has participated in such workshops and courses as Ostrava Days and Composer Collider with Ensemble MusikFabrik. 2006-2011 Ryczek had been an active member Cycle of Young Polish Composers’ Union and presently is member of Polish Composers’ Union.
His monographic CD „Planetony” was published in 2013 by For Tune Publishing House. Second monographic CD „Cello Works” was published in December 2021 r.

Martyna Zakrzewska

Pianist—soloist and chamber musician—specialising in performance of contemporary music; Doctor of Fine Arts. She took her first piano lessons at the age of five, attending the first-level State Music School in Racibórz, and continued her education on the second level in Rybnik. In 2016 she obtained a master’s degree in the Academy of Music in Kraków, having studied with prof. Mariusz Sielski and prof. Milena Kędra. In 2021 she defended, with honours, her doctoral thesis: ‘The pianist in the light of piano literature from the avant-garde of the 1960s up until the present: roles and hearing tropes’. In 2014 she also began studies in Neue Klavier Musik at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, first with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and with prof. David Smeyers, completed by 2017.


She was awarded special prize in the 2014 edition of the 20th– & 21st-Century Music Competition for Young Performers in Radziejowice, second prize in the 23rd Concorso Luigi Nono, a scholarship from Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and a grant from the President of the City of Kraków. From 2013 to 2015 she was a member of the European Workshop for Contemporary Music, with whom she performed during the International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt and at the International Festival of Contemporary Music ‘Warsaw Autumn’. In Cologne she was given the opportunity to work with the Musikfabrik ensemble—a collaboration which concluded with a concert at the Universität der Künste Berlin. As a soloist she has performed in—among other venues and institutions—the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, WDR, Deutschlandfunk, the Lviv Philharmonic, the ‘Świętokrzyska’ Philharmonic, and the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, as well as with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR).


She has performed at many festivals—including Acht Brücken, ‘Warsaw Autumn’, Witold Lutosławski Festival ‘Chain’ in Warsaw, Kraków’s Sacrum Profanum, Audio Art, ELEMENTI, unsound, and aXes, MUSICA MODERNA in Łódź, NeoArte in Gdańsk, as well as 7 Nurtów [Seven Currents] and TRZY-CZTE-RY in Warsaw—and worked with such conductors as Rüdiger Bohn, Marek Moś, and Jose Luis Castillo. She has given first performances of pieces by—among other composers—Piotr Peszat, Andrzej Kwieciński, Artur Zagajewski, Cezary Duchnowski, Joanna Woźny, Jarosław Płonka, Jacek Sotomski, Marta Śniady, Paweł Malinowski, Monika Szpyrka, Anna Sowa, Nina Fukuoka, Żaneta Rydzewska, Martyna Kosecka, and Viacheslav Kyrylov.


She has taken masterclasses from—among other pianists and ensembles—Aleksey Orlovetsky, Nicolas Hodges, Benjamin Kobler, Sebastian Berweck, Maciej Grzybowski, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Modern, and ensemble recherche. She has attended the impuls Academy in Graz, Darmstadt’s Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Ostrava Days, and Stockhausen-kurse in Kürten. When studying in Cologne, she gained experience in conducting and took up improvisation too, developing in these fields under prof. Paul Alvares.


In 2014 she cofounded the group known and performing to this day as Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble—for the 2021/2022 season they have been awarded the prestigious Ensemble Prize from Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. The year 2020 saw the premiere of her original project ‘Feminine forms’, focused on women’s performance of pieces by contemporary female composers. Rediscovering Poland’s music, she came across the œuvre of Barbara Buczek, which resulted in a project covering the composer’s complete works for the piano, premiered in 2021 as part of that year’s Sacrum Profanum festival.